February 18, 2013

Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' Victorious in $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm

Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' (Sportfot)
Wellington, FL - Two-time U.S. Olympic Gold medalist Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner's Cortes 'C' were victorious on Saturday night in the $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W presented by Spy Coast Farm, during week six of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, FL. Madden beat out an impressive roster of top riders and finished in first place over Katie Dinan (USA) and Nougat du Vallet and Shane Sweetnam (IRL) aboard Amaretto d'Arco, who finished second and third respectively. 

Brazil's Guilherme Jorge set the track for 46 entries in Saturday night's grand prix with nine jumping clear to advance to the jump-off. Four were able to complete the short course without fault, with the fastest time of 41.50 seconds belonging to Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' took top prize...read more>
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Aniello Becomes First American to Qualify for the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final
Gabe Aniello at the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship (www.barny-th.de)
Lexington, KY- The United States has a qualified vaulter to compete in the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final for the first time in 2013. Gabe Aniello is among six of the top male vaulters in the world to qualify to compete at the 2013 Final in Braunschweig, Germany March 14-17.

Aniello (Redwood City, CA) is no stranger to international competition after having represented the U.S. at the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship, where he placed tenth in the Individual Male championship. He has qualified for the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final on the strength of competitive performances in CVI-W competition in Paris, France, Leipzig, Germany and Bordeaux, France. The 21-year-old began his qualification process with a third place finish in Paris at the beginning of December. He then kicked off the new year with a sixth place effort in Leipzig, prior to claiming his Final's qualification with a fourth place finish in Bordeaux...read more>
Tina Konyot and Calecto V Victorious in the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at the Florida Dressage Classic CDI-W presented by the USPRE Association
Wellington, FL - The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), continued Friday with two top classes for the Small Tour and Large Tour in the Florida Dressage Classic, CDI-W presented by the USPRE Association. The $3,000 FEI Prix St. Georges, sponsored by Havensafe Farm, saw the top two spots going to Christilot Boylen (CAN) riding Hudson 18 and Dio Mio, both owned by Windhaven Farm and Jill Irving. Tina Konyot (USA) was the winner of the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, sponsored by USPRE Association, on Calecto V, with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Divertimento second and Jacquline M. Brooks (CAN) on D Niro in third. 

Friday's judges in both the FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle were Jane Weatherwax (USA) at E, Victoire Mandl (AUT) at H, Gary Rockwell (USA) at C, Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA) at M, and Jacques Van Daele (BEL) at B...read more>
Triompf is Triumphant in the $35,000 Adequan Grand Prix in Gulfport, MS
Holly Shepherd and Triompf (Classic Communications)
Gulfport, MS - Twenty two horses took to the pristine grand prix field under sunny skies for the $35,000 Adequan Grand Prix Sunday to close out the Gulf Coast Classic's National Week. A packed VIP tent and crowded bleachers watched the horse and rider teams from across the country tackle the course designed by Paul Jewel of Lambertville, New Jersey. But it was Triompf, owned by Loretta Patterson and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama who would be welcomed to the winner's circle. 

A personal triumph, Sunday was grand prix rider Holly Shepherd's first time back in the grand prix ring since she broke her ankle. And Triompf did not disappoint. "He is the most incredible horse," said Shepherd. "To ride this horse is better than life itself!" she added exuberantly...read more>
FEI Issues Clarification Regarding Frangible Devices
Lexington, KY- The FEI has issued a clarification regarding the approval of frangible devices for use eventing competitions per  Article 547.2.4. This clarification is relative to the recent approval of the MIM NewERA system MIM Clip and MIM NewERA Safety MIM Pin.

Find the clarification here.

For more information please contact Shealagh Costello, Director, Eventing National Programs, by phone at (859) 457-1566 or by email at scostello@usef.org.

Piedmont Classic Wins the 2012 Favorite USEF Breed Competition Grand Prize
Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce that of the 11 shows that were voted "Favorite USEF Breed Competitions" in 2012, the Piedmont Classic has been selected as the Grand Prize winner.

The 2012 Piedmont Classic Paso Fino Horse Show was held June 21-24 in Asheville, NC. Also known as "Asheville Alive," this annual show has earned "Favorite USEF Breed Competition for the Paso Fino division" distinction in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Exhibitors who commented on the show called it "a well-run show with a tremendous amount of competition," and "always first-rate and exciting." In 2012 it was broadcast live at www.usefnetwork.com presented by SmartPak.

The 2012 Reserve Grand Prize winner was the IFSHA Friesian Grand National Show. This show, held in Del Mar, CA was described by its exhibitors as "Lots of fun...very friendly with helpful staff and gorgeous trophies."..read more>


FEI and OIE Announce Action Plan for Sport Horses
The FEI and the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) have embarked on a three-year plan in response to growing demand from countries for help in improving cross-border movement of top-level sport horses, as participation in equestrian competitions reaches a record high.

Several proposals have been made under the plan, including a full-time secondment of a senior veterinarian to OIE headquarters in Paris, who will work directly with top level officers.


The FEI veterinarian will collaborate with the OIE on defining a sub-population of lower disease risk, "high health, high performance" sport horses, which will be integrated into countries' existing biosecurity systems that have been created to protect animals and human populations against the risk of disease spread...read more>

Auburn Wins a Close One Over South Carolina, and More NCEA Results from the Weekend
Four NCEA matchups over President's Day weekend yielded two razor thin victories and two blow outs. Thursday's matchup between No.2 Auburn and No.4 South Carolina was arguably the most exciting of the spring season thus far. My (Andrew Minnick's) recap of that and the other NCEA matches from the weekend is below.

No.2 Auburn University def. No.4 South Carolina University 10-9

During the fall half of the NCEA season South Carolina defeated Auburn 10-9, in Blythewood, SC. That victory helped catapult the Gamecocks to the No.1 ranking. The tigers haven't lost since then. Thursday they got their revenge, but they had to fight for it.

At the midway point of the match South Carolina looked to be in control. Led by MOP Johnna Lecthworth the Gamecocks took Horsemanship 3-2. Senior Kimberly McCormick did her part as team leader in overall wins by earning the MOP in Equitation over Fences, and scoring a competition high 94 as South Carolina went on to win that phase 3-2. The 6-4 lead wasn't commanding, but in a meeting of two evenly matched teams, that two point lead could have been enough...read more>
Western Dressage: Call for Judges
by Michelle Binder-Zolezzi of www.RelationalRidingAcademy.com
I am thrilled to say the Cowboy Dressage Judges Orientation was a huge success on Friday, February 15th in Medford, OR. A stellar cast of presenters spoke on various topics to fifty plus attendees, most of whom were women. I was surprised there were not more men since it is Cowboy Dressage, but was very happy to see that at least seven states were represented including two individuals from as far away as Wisconsin. 

Beginning with the video called "From Then to Now" and proceeding to the final session, an opportunity to judge videoed rides, the day was intense. Eitan made wonderful comparisons between both music and art and Cowboy Dressage. Presenter Garn Walker spoke at length on the progressive nature of exercises for successive training, the history of the dressage court, and Cowboy Dressage test figures. Although not in attendance, renowned horseman Jack Brainard appeared via a specially prepared video presentation to share his perspectives on what it means to be a horse show judge...read more>



Morgan Masterpiece 2013
The Morgan Masterpiece is holding its 15th horse show in 2013. This year's dates are July 18-20 at the Sunnyview Exposition Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Kathleen Flower of Medina, Ohio, will be the judge.

Through the years, the Morgan Masterpiece has donated nearly $25,000.00 to its charity, Bart Starr's Rawhide Ranch for Boys. The show offers age breakdowns in all divisions, all three UPHA Classic qualifiers, UPHA Challenge Cup, Youth of the Year, AMHA Medal classes, carriage, and a Yearling Sweepstakes. The show has a great Welcome Party put on the day before the show starts, an annual favorite of a corn roast and a Friday night exhibitor party sponsored by Kohler Stables...read more>




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